State of Iowa updates tiers in 1B Priority Group

Thursday, January 21, 2021
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Public Health looks forward to offering more COVID-19 vaccine opportunities

Currently, in accordance with a vaccination shortage directive from the state of Iowa, Clay County Public Health and Spencer Hospital are vaccinating health care personnel while local pharmacy partners are immunizing long-term care residents, which are included in the 1A priority group.

The Iowa Department of Public Health has announced moving to Priority Group 1B by Feb. 1. On Thursday, Jan. 21, the Iowa Department of Public Health updated the Priority 1B group to include persons age 65 and older, and established tiers within the 1B group.

Vaccination clinics are being planned for February, yet dates and times of the clinics will not be finalized and announced until Clay County Public Health officials are notified of when vaccine will be received and how much vaccine will be allocated. The number of people who can be scheduled will depend on how much vaccine is received. Appointments will be scheduled to avoid lines and maintain social distancing.

"Our local healthcare team is looking forward to the opportunity to help more people achieve immunity in our local community," said Colette Rossiter, coordinator for Clay County Public Health. "We are developing a team of professionals to staff the clinic and have other community partners eager to assist. The largest variable in establishing clinics and sharing that information with the public rests upon how much vaccine we'll receive and when."

For those interested in tracking progress of the vaccination rollout across the state, the Iowa Department of Public Health has added a new "vaccination information" tab to its website at coronavirus.iowa.gov.

Spencer Hospital also has a dedicated page on its website regarding local COVID-19 information and has a new page for information on the COVID-19 vaccine. For updates on vaccination opportunities in our area, check the Spencer Hospital website, the hospital's Facebook page and local media partners.

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